WACO, Texas (AP) — An increase in positive COVID-19 cases at Baylor and concerns of an outbreak have led to the Bears' scheduled home game Saturday against No. 7 Oklahoma State being pushed back nearly two months. The Big 12 Conference announced Sunday night that the game has been rescheduled for Dec. 12. That move came three days after Baylor announced a pause in football activities to evaluate recent positive tests for COVID-19.
Both Oklahoma State (3-0, 2-0 Big 12) and Baylor (1-1, 1-1) had scheduled open dates Saturday. The Cowboys are next set to play against No. 20 Iowa State at home on Oct. 24, when the Bears are scheduled to play at Texas. When Baylor announced its pause in football activities on Thursday, it said then it was hoping to play the game against Oklahoma State. That pause instead has been extended through at least next Saturday, the day that game was scheduled. The Bears' original opener Sept. 12 didn’t happen because Louisiana Tech had widespread positive tests for COVID-19. A hastily arranged game against former Southwest Conference foe Houston was canceled a day before it was supposed to be played on Sept. 19 because Baylor was unable to meet COVID-19 roster thresholds set by the Big 12.